Beauty

QUARTZ ROLLING. My new favorite beauty activity. It’s so good, I have to share my experience and how I use it.

Here is the one that I use.

First, what the eff is a rose quartz roller? It’s a handheld massaging tool, usually with two pieces of quartz attached. One is longer and one is shorter – the shorter for the eye area. The tool is meant to reduce swelling (lymphatic drainage) and boost blood circulation. It is also an incredible skincare tool because it allows your products to sink in more evenly which makes your makeup apply more flawlessly!

Aside from the scientific benefits of the rose quartz roller, it offers a spiritual one as well… crystal healing is all the rage in Chinese medicine, and jade helps protect from negative energy and balance your chi. Ancient Egyptians believed that Rose Quartz crystals had anti-aging properties. It is believed that Goddess Isis would gather rose quartz crystals by the Nile River and use them to keep her skin clear and wrinkle-free. 

Rose Quartz crystal is made up of minerals (including magnesium, iron and oxygen) that help reduce inflammation and support renewal of skin cells. 

When and how to use a rose quartz roller

The best time to roll is in the morning, or before you apply makeup. I am personally most puffy in the morning. Pro tip: If you’re hungover, this roller works WONDERS.

I use my rose quartz roller cold, and keep it in a ziploc bag in the freezer over night. Using something cold on your face constricts the pores, which is an amazing way to help seal in your skincare and your makeup. The first thing I do is wash my face (you don’t want to use a jade roller on a dirty face – hello bacteria!), then I apply a serum and get rolling. It feels SO GOOD. Always roll upward and outward. I like to start at my forehead and go all the way down to my chest. I like to start at the “top” because I like to bring the drainage down. You will literally feel the drainage coming down your throat. TMI?

This whole process takes about 2 minutes. Once I’m done rolling, I wash the roller with regular face wash and place it back in a ziploc bag and into the freezer.

Have you tried a rose quartz roller? Or a jade roller? Let me know your thoughts!

xo, Lynn

During the winter, everything gets drier. Your scalp, hair, nails, skin, etc. It’s the worst! As someone who deals with borderline psoriasis on my scalp as well as very dry hair, it gets a million times worse during the winter. My sister told me that I have the course-ist hair ever (ha), and compared to her, I do have very course hair that needs a lot of extra TLC. Here are all of my healthy & shiny hair secrets:

ORIBE SIGNATURE MOISTURE MASK

This mask smells fucking ah-mazing! If you’re in the market for a new hair mask, this is it! Not only does it smell divine, it moisturizes the driest hair. In the shower, it feels like your hair has been wrapped in silk. Everything about it is luxurious from the packaging to the feel. Many times I just use this mask as my conditioner because 1. my hair loves it and 2. love that glam feeling.

AVEDA VOLUMIZING TONIC

This tonic works wonders! I spray it on my hair while it is damp, before drying, or before I let it air dry. Either way, I end up with volumized, bouncy hair. This product is extra loved because it’s FABULOUS for those of us who hate layers. it still adds volume even if you have zero layers. LOVE! 

KÉRASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME

This one is a two-fer. I use this oil after the volumizing tonic to protect my hair from heat styling, and then again after my hair is styled to add texture (twirl your hair around with this oil and you’ll love the results!) and also to get rid of flyaways. 

KENRA SHINE SPRAY

For those of you naturally shiny hair, well aren’t you lucky. For everyone else, you’ve probably wondered how to achieve that gorgeous, bouncy, Herbal Essences commercial hair vibe. I did before I discovered Kenra’s Shine Spray. After styling your hair and using everything else on it, spray the shine spray all over your hair and you will instantly have shining hair! It’s not greasy looking or feeling at all. 

SHOP

  Gorgeous Blooms by Heinau
Gorgeous Blooms by Heinau

It’s almost here…VALENTINE’S DAY!

Some hate it, some love it, and I am one who LOVES it because it’s all about love. I love that you can make this day special whether you’re single or taken, or whether you plan to stay in or go out…do you!

I’ve learned my lesson over the years that going out on Valentine’s Day can just be such a shit show. The lines, waiting, and rushing to get you in and out of a restaurant is stressful. The past couple of years, Jeff and I have made dinner together at home and then went to see the 50 Shades movies. Have you guys seen them? Tell me your thoughts in the comments if you have! 

While we’re chatting Valentine’s Day, have you gotten the perfect gift for your significant other. friend, family etc. yet? No? Then you’re in the right place if you’re looking for some non-basic ideas for yourself, your man, your girlfriends, and then some splurge worthy items.

FOR HER

FOR HIM

SHINY GIFTS

MORE GIFT IDEAS

+ My favorite gift that I have received for Valentine’s Day so far are the long lasting box of roses that I received from Blooms by Heinau. Inspired by nature, travel, and design styles from around the world, Heidi Intriago is the creative mind behind Blooms by Heinau. “I have vivid memories of European spring and summer seasons, when everything blooms with color,” she says about being part of this unique floral design business. If you’re looking for an amazing & personal gift for yourself or for a girlfriend, mom, or sister, you have to check these boxes out. I don’t know what’s better than having REAL roses displayed for a whole year. 

+ I love giving gifts that someone wouldn’t normally purchase for themselves. This could include a car detail service, a massage, a facial, pedicure, the gift of unlimited movies at any theater via Movie Pass (Jeff loves this and has also given it as a gift), and/or a house cleaning service. 

What are you going to do on Valentine’s Day this year?

xo, Lynn

You can call me the queen of sunless tanning. Laying in the sun is horrible for your skin. SO BAD. I used to lay out all the time on vacations and during the summer, and since I got smarter about how bad it is for your skin, I have worked hard to reverse any damage and I started using self tanners about 15 years ago. And boy have I had my fair share of horror stories. 

Oompa loompa? Check. Splotchy skin? Check. Green tan? Check. Red tan? Check. Orange palms? Check. And the list goes on.

I’m sharing more about my self tanner horror stories, the BEST self tanner I have tried yet, and how to apply it evenly in my video. Hope you love it!

Do you have any self tanning tips? Please share!

xo, Lynn

Products mentioned:

Razors: http://amzn.to/2ElWrxX

Body lotion: http://amzn.to/2GwhE91

Herbivore: http://shopstyle.it/l/v9Bh

Loving Tan: http://rstyle.me/~ahcJA

Hello! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I have been recovering from a nasty cold/flu and have been sipping on Starbucks’ Medicine Ball Tea – how did I not know about this secret menu item before?! Even if you’re not sick, I highly recommend if you’re in a cold climate.

Now on to the most magical skincare product I have to share with you…

DR. DENNIS GROSS ALPHA BETA PEEL PADS

First and foremost, these peel pads are 100% vegan and cruelty free. This made my heart do a little happy dance as I try to only purchase cruelty free products. In fact, everything in Dr. Dennis Gross’ line is vegan and cruelty free.

If you are subscribed to receive weekly emails from me, you may have already read a little about my love affair with these peel pads. (Subscribe HERE for tons of goodies, tips, and tricks that are not seen here on the blog).

I discovered these miracle peel pads during a search for a peel that wouldn’t make me RED all day but that would be highly effective. Why a peel? Personally, I have very dry skin, rosacea that I’ve dealt with since puberty, and recently, tiny little bumps on my cheeks which flare up sometimes like a pesky little bitch friend of my rosacea. Color is so easy to treat with makeup, but texture isn’t…so I wanted a fix.

I am so impressed with these peel pads – after 2 consecutive days of use, the bumps disappeared by about 90%. Crazy! 

I have been using these now for just about two weeks, and there are NO MORE bumps, my skin is brighter, and it feels tighter too. These peel pads allow my skincare products to absorb so much more effectively too. 

How I use them

I have been rotating the regular and the extra strength pads each night. You’ll notice a sting with the extra strength, and I wouldn’t recommend starting out with extra strength. I personally LOVE THE BURN!

The pads are super simple to use: Start with step one, an individually wrapped towelette that comes pre-soaked with the peel liquid (which includes glycolic acid, witch hazel, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, citric acid and willow bark extract, among other skin-loving ingredients). Sweep pre-soaked pad all over your face (I do my neck and shoulders, too) in circular motions until the pad is dry, which takes about one minute. After you’ve used step one, wait two minutes, then open up the next pre-soaked towelette. The second step is a neutralizer which includes a mix of antioxidants including resveratrol, retinol, vitamin c (great for collagen stimulation/production), copper, and zinc. Repeat the same step as #1 – use it up until dry all over your face, neck, chest, and shoulders. 

After completing this process, I apply my oils, eye cream, and night cream. 

It is completely up to you on whether or not you use these in the morning or at night. I’ve always believed that treating any skin issues should occur in the evening – this includes these pads, using retinols, and providing extreme hydration to dry skin.

Why they’re amazing

What I loved most about the peel pads vs. other products is that Dr. Dennis Gross has a patent on this two step process. No other peel on the market comes with a neutralizing product (step 1 and step 2). 

You’ve read about my positive experience above, and here are the fixes these pads make to those who use them daily:

– Uneven tone and texture
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Enlarged pores

Jeff asks me to use them on him every night too – I have become his personal med spa assistant!

I want to know if you’ve tried these amazing peel pads! Let me know in the comments below.

Off for another medicine ball tea…

xo, Lynn

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